TUCKAHOE, N.Y. - In an effort to increase classroom space in the district as enrollment swells, the Tuckahoe Board of Education has announced a proposal to purchase a property near William E. Cottle Elementary School that will soon be put to a special public vote.
Following a series of meetings and discussions, last month, the Board of Education unanimously approved a special public vote - on Tuesday, March 14 - which will decide whether the district should purchase the premises located at 110 Ridge St. in Eastchester.
Presently, 110 Ridge St. is a private residence on the corner of Siwanoy Boulevard, directly across the street from the elementary school. If voters approve, and the district completes the sale, the property would become “district office space with a residential design,” allowing for the relocation of administrative offices currently at the high school, freeing up more than 2,600-square-feet of instructional space.
According to the Board, due to fiscal prudence in recent years, the district has sufficient funds in its undesignated fund balance to pay the cost of the property if it is approved by voters. Since the district is paying for the property out of savings, there is no cost to taxpayers, though removing the property from the tax rolls will increase taxes by approximately $7 annually to the typical homeowner.
Residents planning to vote must be registered, which can be completed at the District Clerk’s office during school hours. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 14, with voting locations at the Tuckahoe Community Center, Cottle Elementary and the Union Corners Fire House. There will be a voter information session hosted by the Board at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at the Community Center.
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